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Tysyacha 01-14-2011 05:03 AM

Decipher That Buzzword!
 
Dear Everyone,

I humbly confess that I have NO idea what the following political buzzwords and catchphrases mean. If anyone would enlighten me, I would be grateful!

"Knowledge economy"

"Value-add/value-added [anything]"

"Compassionate conservatism"

"Neo-conservatism" (how does this differ from the traditional kind?)

"True patient-centered, free market reform" (Sarah Palin)

"Race to the Top"

"Competitiveness in the 21st-century global economy"

If any of you think of any more fuzzy buzzwords, post them here and let us post our theories on what they might mean! (No, I don't trust Wikipedia).

Tommycat 01-14-2011 08:59 AM

"Knowledge economy"
Political answer: Using America's Vast knowledge resources to compete in the global market
Real answer: Blowing smoke up the posterior of the listener.

"Value-add/value-added [anything]"
Marketing term: A way to increase sales by providing additional features/items to make the customer happy.
Real answer: Throwing in stuff that should have been free to make the customer THINK it's a good deal

"Compassionate conservatism"
Political answer: Conservatives reaching out to Liberals
Real answer: Blowing smoke up the posterior of the listener.

"Neo-conservatism" (how does this differ from the traditional kind?)
This one is a bit trickier. It's people who share SOME values with traditional republicans, but have added things like being pro-war(traditionally conservatives have been more for non-involvement)

"True patient-centered, free market reform" (Sarah Palin)
Political answer: Guiding people in insurance companies to focus on providing better care.
True answer: We don't know what to do but we know something needs to be done.

"Race to the Top"
Political answer: Become a leader in the global economy
Real answer: try to take BACK the lead in things we were the leader in.

"Competitiveness in the 21st-century global economy"
Political answer: Increase American worth in the markets of Information and leading the world in technological evolution.
Real answer: Spend more money on education so they can teach things like political correctness and <random> studies to kids even though they aren't spending more on the actual kids while giving middle management more money.

mimartin 01-14-2011 09:19 AM

Made up buzz words that have no purpose other than being misleading.

Although I do believe George Bush defined compassionate conservative during his Presidency; that is when a president only starts two wars instead of three. :xp:


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